The most prolific man on the app is Matthew Perry, aka Chandler from Friends.
Celebrities are just like us, you know. They buy toilet paper and can’t figure out if an avocado is perfectly ripe without cutting it open and, if they’re single, they’re on dating apps.
That’s right, celebrities are swiping left and right for love just like you and me, only they’re doing it on entirely different dating apps than the rest of us. Celebrities aren’t on Tinder or Bumble or even Hinge, they’re on Raya, a dating app designed for the rich and famous to meet each other in total privacy.
How can you get on Raya if you’re not a celebrity? Well, it’s all about who you know. Non-celebrities have been known to be approved by the gatekeepers who examine membership applications, but usually they are friends with an A-lister or someone else already on the app. Raya also has a pretty flexible definition of what ‘celebrity’ is, as they tend to approve profiles of Instagram influencers.
So what celebrities are on Raya, then? It’s impossible to truly know, as the app immediately terminates your profile if you take screenshots, all in service of keeping the dating lives of celebrities private. But rumour has it that everyone from Ruby Rose to Cara Delevingne, Elijah Wood, Diplo and Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright have all been seen on the app.
“Did you get matched with Matt Perry,” Philipps wanted to know. “Everyone gets matched with him.”
“Like, Chandler from Friends?” Lizzo replied.
Yes, Lizzo, exactly like Chandler from Friends. But the singer hasn’t matched with Perry, nor has she matched with the person she got on Raya to match with: John Mayer.
“I think you need someone who is going to be able to hold the string of your kit,” Philipps said, sagely, suggesting someone like a “hot screenwriter”. Philipps would know, she’s married to I Feel Pretty writer and director Marc Silverstein.
Lizzo has spoken in the past of her struggles to date in a society where thinness is prioritised over almost anything else. (Some of Lizzo’s best quotes are on this exact subject, and learning to love herself.) “When I was in high school I was a big girl with a cute face,” Lizzo told Teen Vogue. “So dudes like me secretly, but they didn’t like me publicly. I never had a boyfriend because they didn’t want to claim me.”
She also identifies with the queer community. “When it comes to sexuality or gender, I personally don’t ascribed to just one thing,” she told Teen Vogue. “I cannot sit here right now and tell you I’m just one thing. That’s why the colours for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there’s a spectrum and right now we try to keep it black and white. That’s just not working for me.”
John Mayer or otherwise, we hope that Lizzo finds what she’s looking for. Until then, we’ll be playing her song ‘Soulmate’ from her new album on repeat. The confident, gutsy track is an ode to the greatest love affair of any woman’s life: herself.